Author leads Aus Day celebrations

AWARD-WINNING author and journalist Robert Drewe will be the official speaker at this year's Byron Shire Australia Day ceremony on Monday, January 26.

Byron Shire Council mayor Jan Barham said the shire was privileged to have the highly original author as key speaker at the official ceremony.

“Robert Drewe is a writer who captures Australian social and cultural issues and weaves a tale within the living context of our amazing country,” she said.

“As a local resident, Robert is a wonderful representative of our vibrant and creative Byron Shire arts industry.”

The author of The Shark Net, The Bodysurfers and Our Sunshine will welcome 18 new Australian residents as they make their oath to Australia and become citizens.

The new citizens have come from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Israel, the United States, Canada and Brazil.

At the ceremony, Cr Barham will be also announcing the Shire Volunteer of the Year and Community Event of the Year.

“Volunteers and community events are the essence of our shire and these awards recognise those contributions,” she said.

The official Byron Shire ceremony will commence at 11.30am at the Brunswick Valley Historical Museum, Stuart Street, Mullumbimby. Council invites all residents to attend.



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